Malcolm X's A Homemade Education

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In “A Homemade Education,” Malcolm X uses point of view, setting, and characters as narrative elements to address the issue of not being exposed to valuable knowledge he aspired to obtain through learning. Malcolm X establishes himself and his narrative by using first person point of view which allows his audience to know and understand his issue surrounding learning directly from the source. In “A Homemade Education” we also see significance in our author's choice of setting for his narrative; the setting makes a powerful impact on his learning style and abilities when it comes to the issue he is facing. He also takes the characters he mentioned in his piece into account when describing his situation through a narrative in order to aid his…show more content…
Malcolm X brings in this setting and associates completely different qualities to not only a prison setting, but also himself, and learning and its process. Throughout the setting in Charlestown Prison, Malcolm X describes his experience as extremely enlightening which is definitely not typically an idea associated with any prison or time spent in prison. He describes to his audience a place where he expanded his knowledge and learning skills beyond immensely all while in an unideal setting. However, even though the setting may seem unideal, it plays a huge role in his learning process and how he addresses his issue within the learning process. Malcolm X goes through prison learning more than he ever would outside in the free world, by visiting the library as if his life depended on it and completely committing himself to gain knowledge that he hadn’t previously acquired. He discovered and reinvented his problem with learning through the setting at Charlestown Prison. He revealed to himself the amount of knowledge he had never learned which was a major personal and business issue to him, then he went to reinvent himself and solve his learning issue through an unideal setting in a prison. This aspect makes him inspirational…show more content…
He took the characters like Bimbi in his piece into account when describing his situation through a narrative in order to aid his audience when they begin to understand his value for knowledge he had never previously known or been exposed to. In “A Homemade Education” we also see significance in our author's choice of setting for his narrative; the Charlestown Prison makes a powerful impact on his learning style and abilities when it comes to the issue he was facing, but eventually overcomes. Malcolm X establishes himself and his narrative by using first person point of view which allows his audience to know and understand his issue surrounding learning directly from the source which is himself, our author. In “A Homemade Education,” Malcolm X uses point of view, setting, and characters as narrative elements to address the issue of not being exposed to valuable knowledge he aspired to obtain through
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